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The Sewer That Is The GOP: With All The White Supremacists, Conspiracy Nutters, And Other Malicious Whacko Subgroups, How Does It Get Fixed?


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The Republicans attempting to pass all sorts of voting restrictions is really the long term plan coming off all the fake stuff regarding a "stolen election."  Parrot the talking points then introduce legislation making it harder for people (non-Republicans) to vote and act like you are doing something to "improve the integrity of elections" when all you are essentially doing is making it harder for the people who won't be voting for you.....to vote period.

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22 hours ago, Larry said:

 

Problem is, your author's entire message is based around the assumption that people like Marj Greene will show people GOP racism that Trump hasn't already shown them.  

 

 

36 minutes ago, NoCalMike said:

The Republicans attempting to pass all sorts of voting restrictions is really the long term plan coming off all the fake stuff regarding a "stolen election."  Parrot the talking points then introduce legislation making it harder for people (non-Republicans) to vote and act like you are doing something to "improve the integrity of elections" when all you are essentially doing is making it harder for the people who won't be voting for you.....to vote period.

It wasn't at all hard to see that as the endgame for this and the reason they haven't distanced themselves. It kind of makes me wonder if RMoney really buys his schtick about the Republiklans coming clean about the voter fraud lies or if it's just a smokescreen to fool the gullible into thinking there's still anyone in the Grand Oligarch's Party with any decency left....assuming they had any to start with. The more I see, the more I realize that Kwame Ture was right.

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Yeah, I think the GOP sold their souls a long time ago.  What we've been seeing for the last 20-30 years has been a steady cycle of:  

 

1)  Do something completely unethical, for power.  

2)  Not getting punished.  

3)  Deciding that well, that's SOP now,

4)  And being more unethical.  

 

The response to Sandy Hook.  

The politicization of our intelligence, to justify two wars of choice.  (That we didn't even try that hard to win.)  

Changing election laws to favor one Party.  

Heck, the Republican Supreme Court literally ruling that fair elections isn't a civil right.  

Literally obstructing any attempt by Obama to improve the US economy after the disaster he inherited, because helping the economy won't help their Party gain power.  

Using constitutional amendments prohibiting equal treatment for a disliked minority, as a "get out our vote" tool.  

 

I'm literally trying to think of the last time I think a Republican did something that was Right, or that helped the country, even though it might hurt politically.  (Me, I think that Ford pardoning Nixon fits in that category.  But I'm aware I'm a minority on that one.)  

 

Heck, I'm trying to think of the last time that the Republicans didn't have to choose between "what's right and/or good for the country" and "what's good for the Party".  You would think that occasionally, there would be a situation where helping the country would help the Party, too.  I assume there are some.  

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Trump may poison the party, but Republicans have decided they need him

 

Three weeks ago, Donald Trump was radioactive, even in the top quarters of his own party. Now, those same Republicans are convinced they can't live without the energy he gives off, even if it proves toxic.

 

“We need each other. We certainly need him and his input and his voters,” said Jonathan Barnett, an Arkansas RNC committee member. “But again he needs us too. Together, we gotta work this thing out.”

 

Trump’s hold on the Republican Party over the past four years has been remarkable. But for a brief moment after the deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, it seemed tenuous.

 

GOP leaders condemned him for helping incite the riots that threatened their lives and ended five others. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Trump bore “responsibility” and called on him to accept blame for the Jan. 6 attacks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who hasn’t spoken to Trump since Dec. 15, made no secret of his disgust over the former president’s role in the chaos that erupted at the Capitol. Ten Republican members of the House voted for Trump’s impeachment.

 

But that was then. Now, the GOP is engaged in a delicate dance to keep Trump and his base of voters in the fold while not seeming too beholden to him. Without Trump’s cooperation, the party fears losing a fundraising giant just as it pivots to a midterm cycle in which it hopes to regain majorities in each chamber of Congress.

 

“What you’re seeing is not a particularly shocking move, which is taking the path of least resistance,” said a GOP strategist. “There’s no real benefit to fighting this war if you want a future in politics.”

 

In the weeks since the Capitol rampage, top Republicans have tried cozying back up to Trump while preserving some semblance of distance — a line-straddling that involves a mix of obsequiousness and detachment as they tend to opposite wings of the party.

 

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The Memo: Center-right Republicans fear party headed for disaster

 

The Republican Party is riven by internal tensions, and moderate voices fear it is headed for disaster at the hands of the far right.

 

The centrists’ worry is that the party is branding itself as the party of insurrectionists and conspiracy theorists. This spells catastrophe for the GOP’s ability to appeal beyond a hardcore base, they say.

 

Ten House Republicans voted to impeach President Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 ransacking of the Capitol, but the chances of him being convicted in the Senate seem close to zero. 

 

The GOP activist base still loves Trump, and a related ecosystem of bellicose conservative media has lambasted those who have broken from him.

 

Now the GOP is spending the critical early days of President Biden’s administration squabbling over what to do about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

 

Greene, a backer of the QAnon conspiracy theory, has also backed social media posts calling for the execution of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Video has emerged of Greene taunting David Hogg, the young gun control activist who survived the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland, Fla.

 

Greene has, so far, not been stripped of her committee assignments by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), even though this fate befell then-Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in 2019 when he suggested that white supremacism was not offensive.

 

Tensions within the party are at boiling point.

 

A spokeswoman for Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of the 10 GOP House members to vote for Trump’s impeachment this month, sent The Hill an email statement blasting Greene.

 

“Congressman Kinzinger has said from day one that QAnon has no place in Congress. And while he respects the voice of the people and their right to elect a Marjorie Taylor Greene, he does not agree with the decision to give her a committee seat,” the spokeswoman said.

 

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Rep. Dina Titus Calls For Marjorie Taylor Greene To Be Removed From Congress

 

In a series of tweets, Rep. Dana Titus (D-NV) called for Taylor Green to be removed from the House of Representatives.

 

Rep. Titus tweeted:

 

 

Rep. Cori Bush had to move her office away from Rep. Taylor Greene after she and her maskless staff berated her in a hallway.


Multiple members of the House have described Rep. Taylor Greene as a security risk.

 

Expulsion is not a simple party line. Rep. Greene will have to face a House Ethics Committee investigation, and if the Ethics Committee recommends expulsion, the full House will vote to accept, reject, or alter the committee’s recommendation. It takes a two-thirds vote to expel a member from the House. It is unclear if there are enough Republicans willing to expel Taylor Greene at this time.

 

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In case you were wondering exactly how bat**** insane Marjorie Taylor Green is:

 

Here's Every Disturbing Conspiracy Marjorie Taylor Greene Believes In

 

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene does not discriminate — at least when it comes to conspiracy theories.

 

From QAnon to school shooting “false flags,” 9/11 denial, Obama being a Muslim, and even Jewish lasers from space, over the last four years, Greene has endorsed them all — and many more — in a series of videos, conference speeches, social media posts, and in her role as a correspondent for the conspiracy website American Truth Seekers.

 

This week Greene, who was voted into the House of Representatives in November,  has come under fire as more and more of her dangerous and despicable beliefs have been uncovered.

 

Despite the attention being drawn to her beliefs in unhinged conspiracies and appalling behavior — including attacking the survivor of a school shooting — the GOP leadership appears to be willing to overlook these past transgressions. This week they even appointed her to the House Education and Labor Committee, a decision Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called “appalling.”

 

Greene, whose first act as a new congresswoman was to file papers to impeach President Joe Biden, is facing some backlash. California Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez is planning to introduce a resolution to oust Greene from Congress. But within her own party, there appear to be minimal public objections: House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement this week that he was going to “have a conversation” with Greene about her comments.

 

As Greene seeks to reinvent herself as a lawmaker, she is aggressively trying to scrub her social media profiles of her past indiscretions while blaming her “team” for all the missteps of her past.

 

But the internet never forgets. Here is a chronological list of all of the times Greene has publicly supported or boosted baseless conspiracy theories:

 

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plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

 

It can be difficult to look at the big picture when the little, immediate, today picture is gnawing at your ankles like a Chihuahua, but we have been here before. No, really, we have. It wasn't pretty then, it ain't gonna be pretty now, but we've seen this script before. One of the truly great things we have now is the amazing reach of the internet to dredge up all the political archaeology of year's past to make comparisons.

 

Here’s What Happens to a Conspiracy-Driven Party

The modern GOP isn't the first party to embrace huge conspiracies. But the lessons should be sobering.

 

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/01/30/heres-what-happens-to-a-conspiracy-driven-party-463944?cid=apn

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